© 2007


Developmental and Molecular Biology

  • Editors
  • Odd-Arne Olsen
  • First comprehensive book to be published on endosperm

  • Most up-to-date overview of the latest research on all aspects of endosperm

  • Each chapter is authored by the foremost international experts on the topic


Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. R. C. Brown, B. E. Lemmon
    Pages 1-20
  3. H. N. Nguyen, P. A. Sabelli, B. A. Larkins
    Pages 21-43
  4. Philip W. Becraft
    Pages 45-56
  5. M. Cosségal, V. Vernoud, N. Depège, P.M. Rogowsky
    Pages 57-71
  6. J. Royo, E. Gómez, G. Hueros
    Pages 73-89
  7. F. Berger, J. N. Fitz Gerald, M. Ingouff
    Pages 91-110
  8. D. Gruis, H. Guo, Q. Tian, O.-A. Olsen
    Pages 111-119
  9. T. Kumamaru, M. Ogawa, H. Satoh, T. W. Okita
    Pages 141-158
  10. L. Curtis Hannah
    Pages 179-193
  11. N. G. Halford, P. R. Shewry
    Pages 195-218
  12. Jon Penterman, Jin Hoe Huh, Tzung-Fu Hsieh, Robert L. Fischer
    Pages 219-239
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 241-248

About this book


The nutritive endosperm of angiosperms is mankind’s most important source of food, livestock feed and industrial raw material. This book is the first comprehensive overview of the developmental and molecular biology of endosperm. The text covers cereal endosperm development from fertilization to maturity, including molecular and cell biology of the syncytial phase, the cellularization process and cell fate specification of the embryo surrounding region cells, the basal transfer cells, the starchy endosperm and aleurone cells. In addition, endosperm development in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana is covered, along with recent progress in endosperm in vitro culture. Special features of endosperm, such as imprinting, polyploidy, programmed cell death and anthocyanin biosynthesis, are described in separate chapters. Finally, the genes and pathways for the main nutritional components of endosperm, storage proteins and starch are covered in detail. Each chapter is illustrated with figures and diagrams, accompanied by text intended for readers at all levels with a basic understanding of cell and molecular biology.


Arabidopsis thaliana Entwicklung, Pflanze Expression Getreide Imprinting Liana Molekularbiologie Protein cereal development, plant developmental biology endosperm genes molecular biology

About the authors

Studied genetics and cell biology (M,SC) at the University of Oslo (Norway), dr.agric from the Agricultural University of Norway. Associate professor, University of Oslo, Research Director and Professor of Genetics, Agricultural University of Norway. Sabbatical research visits to UC Davis, Cornell and Stanford. From 2000-2005; Pioneer hi-Bred International, a DuPont Company, Johnston, Iowa, USA. From 2006 to present; Monsanto Company, St.Louis, Missouri, USA. Major research interest: endosperm developmental biology and biotechnology.

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